MAXT Makerspace in Peterborough holds monthly Repair Cafe

By ROWAN WILSON

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Published: 03-13-2023 3:51 PM

The MAXT Makerspace holds a Repair Cafe on the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the cafe hours, people can bring in their broken items and Makerspace volunteers will fix them. 

“It’s been one of our most-popular events we run here at the Makerspace,” said Eamon Welby, an intern and resident artist at the Peterborough-based Makerspace, Saturday.

According to Welby, the event gets different people every month. The goal is to encourage people to fix items before tossing them in the trash.

“Why would you throw something out if you can fix it?” Welby asked. “That’s the thing we’re trying to promote.”

The Makerspace hopes the event will bright light to a community of fixers in the region, bring neighbors together and reducing waste that ends up in landfills.

Welby said people bring in a lot of lamps, small appliances and jewelry, and “it’s very hands-on.” 

In the workshop. volunteers explained what they were doing to people who had brought in items as they worked through how to fix them. Volunteers were working on a sewing machine, a modular synthesizer and a wooden leg of furniture.

The Repair Cafe is free, but donations are encouraged in support of the event.

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